Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet
Touit huetii

Cotorrita Alirroja

Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet

15 to 16 cm.. tall and 60 g. weight.

The Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet (Touit huetii) is distinguishable flight, by the armpit and shoulders Scarlet Red, tip wings black, tail ends with deep red with black brim and yellow-green central part, forecrown black and smacking blue; at rest, It is notorious blue stain wing .

Eye ring white; their bill yellowish; eyes dark brown.

The female with the tail totally green. The only thing different in females is that their side feathers tail are green / yellow with black tips.

  • Sound of the Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet.
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It inhabits in jungles wet (in the canopy), semi-húmedas and forest edges, until the 400 m (locally until the 1200 m). Fly in large flocks, migrates in high Amazon, perhaps following the fruiting bodies of some kinds of plants.

The species is apparently Nomad, bird rarely found in the same area for little more than a few weeks.


The nests They are communal in the treetops.
It is believed to be played during the month of April Venezuela, and between September and December in northern Mato Grosso, Brazil.


It feeds on fruits, seeds, berries and small nuts.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 6.060.000 km2

The Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet It has a very disjunct range in northern South America. It is known from southern Venezuela, as well as the country's northeast, with both populations considered rare and local, although often it recorded along the Caño Colorado east of the state Monagas (pit et to the., 1997, Hilty 2003, Restall et al., 2006).

There is a population in neighboring Guyana, Suriname and North of Brazil in Roraima and the northern states of Amazon, extending at least occasionally in Trinidad*, Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Records Trinidad, in 1974, 1975 and 1980, probably correspond to wandering flocks (pit et to the., 1997).

It is a local and rare species in eastern Colombia. Another is the northernmost town in eastern Ecuador, where it is again rare (Del Hoyo et al., 1997, Restall et al., 2006). This strip continues in the east of Peru, through the west end of Brazil north of Bolivia. They can also be seen in Brazilian Amazon, from Rondônia east to west Maranhão, with one record Manaus (pit et to the., 1997).


• Current red list category of the UICN: Vulnerable.

• Population trend: Stable.

Justification of the red list category

Based on a model of future deforestation in the Amazon basin and its susceptibility to hunting and habitat fragmentation, It is suspected that population of this species will decrease rapidly during the next three generations and, therefore, It has risen to Vulnerable.

Justification of the population

The population size World has not been quantified, but this species is described as “some common and distributed unevenly” (Stotz et to the., 1996).

Justification of trend

It is suspected that this species has lost 24,4-28,8% of habitat within its distribution over three generations (15 years) starting from a model of deforestation Amazon (Soares-Filho et to the., 2006, Bird et to the., 2011). Given the susceptibility of the species to hunting and / or entrapping, It is suspected that population of this species decrease by ≥ 30% during three generations.

Cotorrita Alirroja in captivity:

Not found in captivity.

Alternative names:

Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Huet’s Parrot, Huet’s Parrotlet, Red-winged Parrotlet, Scarlet shouldered Parrotlet (English).
Toui de Huet (French).
Schwarzstirnpapagei, Kronenpapagei, Schwarzstirn-Papagei (German).
apuim-de-asa-vermelha, apuim-de-encontro-vermelho, curiquinha, periquitinho-de-fronte-negra (Portuguese).
Cotorrita Alirroja, Lorito de Alas Rojas, Periquito Frentinegro (Spanish).
Periquito Frentinegro (Colombia).
Periquito de Ala Roja (Peru).
Periquito Azul Alirrojo (Venezuela).

Temminck Coenraad Jacob
Temminck Coenraad Jacob

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Touit
Scientific name: Touit huetii
Citation: (Temminck, 1830)
Protonimo: Psittacus huetii

Images Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet:

Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet (Touit huetii)


  • Avibase
  • Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
  • Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr
  • Birdlife
  • Parrots, Parrots and macaws Neotropical

  • Photos:

(1) – – © of Wim of Groo
(2) – Plate depicting Psittacus huetii Temminck, 1830, upper Amazonia = Touit huetii By Nicolas Huet the Younger (1770-1830) ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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